Professor Marian Wilson Kimber Pianist Natalie Landowski (Western Illinois University)
Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 7:30pm
Stark Opera Studio, Voxman Music Building University of Iowa School of Music
The duo Red Vespa, consisting of musicology professor Marian Wilson Kimber and pianist Natalie Landowski of Western Illinois University will return to the concert stage this week to present a recital of musical readings by American women composers. Wilson Kimber explored the brief, comic spoken-word pieces in her 2017 book, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word. Red Vespa has appeared in Boston, Kansas City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and at Ohio State University.
The video that will be made of their recital has been awarded the Sight and Sound Subvention from the Society for American Music.
Red Vespa will also premiere a new work created for them by Portland composer and University of Iowa alumna Lisa Neher, Upon a Broken World.
You can read more about the new piece in Wilson Kimber’s essay on the Women’s Song Forum: https://www.womensongforum.org/2021/10/19/musical-readings-on-a-broken-world/.